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Although noncompetitive NMDA receptor antagonists have shown an anxiolyticlike profile in several studies, such effects have not been observed consistently. Previous studies with ketamine, a noncompetitive NMDA antagonist, have employed only shock tests of anxiety based on conflict procedures. In the present experiment, the effect of an acute low dose of(More)
The anxiolytic effects of ethanol (EtOH) have been involved in the vulnerability to EtOH drinking in humans. However, the role of the anxiolytic effects of EtOH during a chronic ingestion of the drug has not been extensively addressed, either in humans or in animal models. Since it was first shown that EtOH interacts with the N-methyl-d-aspartate (NMDA)(More)
The effect of bromocriptine (BRO), a D2 receptor agonist, on chronic oral ethanol (ETOH) self-administration was tested in a home-cage environment. Male Wistar rats (n = 77) were food deprived for 24 h. Then, a period of 15 days of limited-access (1 h/day) to food and to a sweetened ETOH solution was started [3% w/v of glucose and several concentrations of(More)
The relationship between the intake of sweetened alcoholic beverages and individual differences in an open field was assessed using an oral self-administration procedure in male Wistar rats (n = 41). After four sessions in the open field, rats were gradually reduced to 80% of their ad lib body weights over a 10-day period. Rats were then allowed to drink an(More)
The effect of a chronic alcohol exposure on the development of tolerance to the depressive effects of alcohol were examined in male Wistar rats that voluntary self-administered alcohol. A free-choice drinking procedure based on the limited access paradigm and the addition of glucose that implies an early availability of the alcoholic solution was used(More)
Behavioural sensitisation has been suggested to play a role in the acquisition and maintenance of addictive behaviour. The aim of the present study was to assess nicotine-induced behavioural sensitisation in chronic voluntary alcohol drinking rats. Subjects had free access to alcohol/water or glucose/water solutions since weaning. Rats were pretreated after(More)
We have previously shown differences on learning processes between alcohol drinking and non-alcohol drinking rats. Underlying these effects, functional differences in the septo-hippocampal pathway were hypothesized. We have performed a dose-response study for intrahippocampal nicotine (CA1) on acquisition and extinction of the lever-press response and(More)
The effects of prolonged voluntary ethanol consumption on psychomotor performance, operant conditioning and inhibition were examined in adult male Wistar rats. Animals were food deprived and alcohol or control solution was available 1 h/day during 15 days, with free water for the rest of the day. Then, rats were tested in a two-bottle paradigm (solution and(More)
Previous reports indicate that several anxiolytics enhance the intake of hypertonic saline in rehydrating rats. This experiment was conducted to determine the effects of repeated (5 sessions) injection (i.p.) of ethanol (0.4 or 0.8 g/kg), caffeine (20 or 40 mg/kg) or clorazepate (3 mg/kg) on the ingestion of hypertonic saline (1.8%) in water-deprived rats.(More)
We analyzed the effects of ketamine, a noncompetitive NMDA antagonist, on the acquisition of the lever-press response in the Skinner box and on motor performance both in the open field and in the inclined screen. Ninety-six adult male Wistar rats were assigned at random to eight different groups (n = 12). The first four groups received an acute(More)